. tomorrow president obama meets with congressional leaders at the white house to try to hammer out a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. today he's on the move to new york city and moving the needle among progressives. the commander in chief came off more commanding than ever, especially on the issues of taxes and entitlement cuts and earned raves in the process. >> what i'm not going to do is to extend further a tax cut for folk who is don't need it, which would cost close to a trillion dollars. >> i saw a president with a heightened level of testosterone and maybe a precursor of what he's going to look like the in the next four years. a sort of definite, different kick to his step. a lot of that was missing in the first term, and i found that very interesting, his first public volley eight days later. >> he spoke quickly in that press conference. did you notice? it was the fastest i've ever heard him speak. >> so will the president's base be appeased by this throw down demeanor? or could he be be stonewalled into more compromise on the budget? live from the russell rotunda in washington, d.